Just how “despeerate” are you for the loo?

March 19th, 2014 Category: Office Cleaning

Have you ever found yourself in the middle of nowhere when the urge to go hits you unexpectedly? No matter which direction you look, there isn’t a public bathroom anywhere in sight. 

Fear not, a new app could mean that you could ‘rent’ a stranger’s toilet for a small fee.

This new development allows ordinary folk to charge members of the public to use their private toilet and is currently being tested at the New Orleans Mardi Gras.

AirPnP took its inspiration from AirBnB, which enables people to rent out their property to travellers, offering them an alternative to hotels. The new app offers a ‘legal’ alternative to peeing in public.

Those looking to earn a little extra money – or willing “"entrepeeneurs" – can charge a small price to strangers to use their facilities. Adverts must contain details about the condition of the bathroom, including cleanliness and even toilet paper thickness. 

The app allows users to rate their “pee experience”, providing the owner with a rating similar to the food hygiene stars local councils award eateries.

Its creators took their inspiration from the trouble they had trying to find a loo when attending the Mardi Gras festival in New Orleans – a festival that draws over a million visitors every year.

"During the Mardi Gras they routinely experienced the pain point of having no place to legally urinate," the Airpnp "About us" page explains.

"This problem is often solved by using what is known as a 'rogue pee'.”

In the UK, you can face fines of up to £1,000 if you are caught urinating in public and in New Orleans the act can earn you a weekend in jail if you’re discovered by the police. However, this doesn’t stop thousands of people succumbing to the urge and having a ‘rogue pee’.

The app is already proving to be popular, as nearly 2,000 people have signed up to use it. There are over 200 toilets available for use in Europe and almost 100 in the US.

One description advertising a loo in York reads: “Not only is this the first toilet to hit the map in York, this is a fine toilet!“

Users of a loo in Norfolk disagree on the condition of the facilities, with one visitor giving it five stars and the other awarding it with a big zero.